Apr 12, 2019
Identifying Ayurvedic imbalances can be tricky, especially when
it comes to the issue of weight gain. When we think of weight gain,
we think of kapha dosha: heavy and cohesive. But when the
underlying cause of weight gain is anxiety, we must look to pacify
vata dosha. Listen in to this short conversation as Cate and Grace
unravel the subtleties of vata masquerading as kapha by discussing
Grace’s recent experience with a vata imbalance.
What you’ll get out of tuning in:
- How to determine whether weight gain is caused by a kapha
imbalance or a vata imbalance.
- Why you should always suspect vata if stress is involved.
- Why normal weight-reducing practices don’t work if the cause of
weight gain is a vata imbalance.
Links Mentioned in Episode:
- While warmth is pacifying to both kapha and vata, the dryness
of many kapha-reducing foods and herbs can exacerbate an underlying
- Distinguishing vata from kapha comes down to an underlying
feeling of being “alright.” Kapha is contentment, while vata is
stress, anxiety and nervousness.
- When it comes to weight gain, kapha weight gain comes from
lethargy while vata weight gain comes from a need to be grounded
- “It’s very, very common for the body to put on weight, and to
put on weight quickly, like a security blanket, when vata is out of
balance.” --- Cate Stillman
- “As the practitioner, instead of trying to get her to exercise
more and do all these fat-stripping things, instead I just want to
soothe her. --- Cate Stillman
- “If we can start to analyze ourselves when we’re looking at is
this a vata imbalance or is this a kapha imbalance and know that
one of the cool things about vata is that it’s so mobile, it’s so
adaptive, it can look like the other doshas. . . . If you’re ever
wondering, assume vata is involved. In the modern age, because of
stress, if stress is involved, I KNOW vata is involved.” --- Cate
Grace Edison lives in British Columbia,
Canada. She’s a mom of twin 8 year olds, a Yoga teacher, studio
owner, and Yoga Health Coach — and she also works for Cate Stillman
in Admissions at Yogahealer! More than anything, she loves to make
people laugh and has a not-so-secret dream of doing stand-up
comedy. Grace has a strong passion for empowering others to take
their health and wellness into their own hands. She loves building
authentic relationships, making people laugh, and creating
supportive communities. After a long-standing relationship with
severe depression, Grace has found deep relief through the habits
of Ayurveda — and much credit is due to Cate and her Body Thrive program.
After taking Body Thrive several times and jumping
Health Coaching, Grace came aboard the Yogahealer team.